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Thursday's Results: NR boys hockey, SCC girls basketball lock up MBC titles

The New Richmond boys hockey and St. Croix Central girls basketball teams are Middle Border Conference champions, but they took different routes to achieving their wins on Thursday.

The Tiger boys hockey team trailed until there were less than eight minutes remaining in Thursday's game at the New Richmond Sports Center. The Tigers then scored four unanswered goals in the final 7:31 of the game to defeat Baldwin-Woodville, 5-2. This gives the Tigers the outright MBC championship with an 8-0 record.

Nick Johnson made an incredible individual effort that turned the game around for the Tigers. Johnson scored a shorthanded goal with 7:31 remaining to tie the score at 2-2. This wasn't just any shorthanded goal. Johnson pretty much skated around and through all five B-W skaters before beating the Blackhawk goalie top shelf glove side.

Blake Kretovics scored the go-ahead goal with 4:15 remaining off a feed from Jens Christensen. Brady Werner scored with 3:26 left and Christensen scored an empty net goal with two ticks left on the clock.

The Tigers will be back in action on Saturday with a newly scheduled game. They will play at Shattuck-St. Mary in Faribault, Minn. at noon on Saturday.

The St. Croix Central girls locked up share of the MBC title for the first time with a 59-36 win at Somerset. The Panthers played with an incredible intensity to start this game, building up a 33-8 lead during the first half. Mia Krogseng led the Panthers with 20 points and Kalli Cress scored 13 points.

In other action Thursday:

-- The Western Wisconsin Stars rallied from a shaky first period to defeat Superior 4-2. Goals by Jade Williams and Sydney Hahn in the second period turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead for the Stars.

-- The New Richmond girls basketball put up a good effort at Amery, but lost 49-36.

-- The Somerset boys hockey team was also in Amery, losing to the Warriors, 4-0.

Dave Newman

Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for more than 30 years.

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